Dr. Ladonna Hunton, Associate Vice President for Academic Budgets and Administration, holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Western Kentucky University (WKU), an M.A. in Higher Education from the University of Louisville, and an Ed.D. in Postsecondary Leadership from WKU. She was selected as the Outstanding Educational Leadership Doctoral Student, Postsecondary Specialization in 2015. She is also a graduate of WKU’s Staff Leadership Institute (2008).
After primarily working with budgets in the for-profit world, she came to WKU in 2000 as an Academic Budget and Accountability Analyst in the Office of the Provost. Since that time, she has been promoted to Manager (2005) and then Director of Academic Resource Allocation (2011). She was then named Associate Vice President for Academic Budgets and Administration by Provost Gordon Emslie in 2012.
In 2012, she served on the planning committee for the Kentucky Educational Doctoral Symposium “Navigating the Changing Landscape of Educational Leadership.” She co-presented with Dr. Barbara Burch on “Balancing Intercollegiate Athletics and Academic Priorities within the Institution” at the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) National Conference (2013). In addition to presenting on resource issues to WKU’s Faculty Leadership Fellows each year, she also teaches the “Resource Management in Student Affairs and Higher Education” course for the Student Affairs graduate program. She currently serves on WKU’s Budget Council and Personnel Actions Approval Committee (PAAC) as the representative from the Provost’s Office.
Her research interests in Higher Education Finance include issues of affordability and the financial challenges faced by financially independent undergraduate students.